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Sean Hillison

Assistant Professor
Sean Hillison
3087 Pamplin (0101)
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


auditing and financial accounting


Sean Hillison, Ph.D., CPA, is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems where he focuses on judgment and decision-making research in auditing and accounting. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, and Contemporary Accounting Research. Dr. Hillison serves on the editorial board of Current Issues in Auditing, a scholarly journal devoted to advancing the dialogue between academics and audit practitioners. His academic honors include the 2021 American Accounting Association Auditing Section Midyear Conference Best Paper with a Ph.D. Student Award and a Center for Audit Quality Access to Audit Personnel Grant.

Dr. Hillison joined the Pamplin College of Business faculty in fall of 2017 following the completion of his doctoral studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Accounting and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting, both from the University of Florida. Before entering academia, Dr. Hillison practiced public accounting for nine years in Ernst & Young’s South Florida assurance group where he most recently served as an audit senior manager to various SEC registrants and private equity-controlled companies.